Sudan: Humanitarian operations gain momentum

3 June, 2011
Registration of displaced persons in Turalei by IOM. Credit: IRIN/Maryline Dumas
Registration of displaced persons in Turalei by IOM. Credit: IRIN/Maryline Dumas

Humanitarian activities to support people affected by the recent violence in Abyei continue to scale up despite challenges, including heavy rains and insecurity in some areas.

As of 1 June, the World Food Programme had assisted 54,588 displaced people from Abyei with over 700 tons of food. On 1 June 8,444 people were assisted with one-month food rations in Mayen Abun, Turalei and Wunrok in Warrap State. On the same day, food was also delivered to Agok.

A water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team arrived in Agok on 31 May to assess the condition of water points, sanitation and community needs for water, sanitation, and hygiene. The team delivered 200 hygiene kits, containing soap and a jerry can. Another 200 kits will be shipped to Agok shortly.

In Mayen Abun in the Warrap State, the hand pump accessed by displaced people has been rehabilitated and is now providing water to 1,000-1,500 people per day. Another borehole in the area will be rehabilitated within the coming days.

Heavy rains have also been affecting emergency shelter for displaced groups and pose a serious risk for health conditions, sanitation and the spread of disease. The rains are likely to affect the delivery of assistance, and aid agencies are now pre-positioning supplies before the rains render roads impassable.

Children under five years are being vaccinated for measles and polio. Vaccinations are being provided by humanitarian partners and the state Ministry of Health. Health cluster partners have started mobile clinics in Anyiel, Turalei, Racoyan, Anyiel Kwac, and in Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal.

Save the Children, in collaboration with UNICEF, has established a child friendly shelter in Mayen Abun, where the activities will be run by teachers and volunteers. As of 30 May, recreational activities had reached 400 children.

In the Agok area, parts of the town market have started to open. However, there is a sizable presence of southern Sudanese security forces and armed civilians on the streets and the situation is reported to be tense.

The estimated number of people displaced from the Abyei area who reached southern Sudan now stands at more than 76,000. The International Organization for Migration and the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) continue verification and registration of the displaced population.

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